The Chart, Version 3.0: What, Exactly, Are We Reading?

Note: this is actually version 3.1 of The Chart. Learn more about the minor changes I made from version 3.0.

Summary: What’s new in this chart:

  • I edited the categories on the vertical axis to more accurately describe the contents of the news sources ranked therein (long discussion below).
  • I stuffed as many sources (from both version […]
The Chart, Version 3.0: What, Exactly, Are We Reading?2021-03-23T22:03:00-06:00

Not “Fake News,” But Still Awful for Other Reasons:  Analysis of Two Examples from The Echo Chambers This Week

The term “fake news” is problematic for a number of reasons, one of which is that it is widely used to mean anything from “outright hoax” to “some information I do not like.” Therefore, I refrain from using the term to describe media sources at all.

Besides that, I refrain from discussing the term because I […]

Not “Fake News,” But Still Awful for Other Reasons:  Analysis of Two Examples from The Echo Chambers This Week2018-08-28T23:17:51-06:00

Top Six Red Flags that Identify a Conspiracy Theory Article

These rhetorical patterns are common to many conspiracy theories. Learn to identify them and sharpen your critical thinking skills.

It can be tough to see your social media friend sharing conspiracy theory stories, and tough to respond to them effectively. Pointing it out and saying “that’s a conspiracy theory” doesn’t seem to be effective. But there […]

Top Six Red Flags that Identify a Conspiracy Theory Article2020-05-13T21:58:19-06:00

The Chart, Version 2.0: What Makes A News Source “Good?”

In my original news chart, I wrestled with the questions of what made news sources “good” and came up with some categories that generally resonated with people. I ranked sources on a vertical axis with those at the top ranked as “high quality” and those at the bottom as “low quality.” I characterized the sources, […]

The Chart, Version 2.0: What Makes A News Source “Good?”2018-08-29T19:13:07-06:00

The Chart, Version 1.0: Original Reasoning and Methodology

tl;dr: There are lots of reasons. Many are subjective. More data would make it better. I am not a media expert.

Since my News Quality graphic got widely shared, I have been asked what my inspiration, methodology, and process was for creating it. I note that I have been asked this question by academics, journalists, and […]

The Chart, Version 1.0: Original Reasoning and Methodology2018-08-29T19:20:58-06:00

News Quality

We are living in a time where we have more information available to each of us than ever before in history. However, we are not all proficient at distinguishing between good information and bad information. This is true for liberal, moderate, and conservative people. I submit that these two circumstances are highly related to why […]

News Quality2018-08-29T19:19:28-06:00